From: Rakiya Garba Karaye, Maiduguri
President Muhammadu Buhari Tuesday in Abuja urged Ambassadors-Designate, Consuls-General, Charge’ D’ Affaires Entitre to continually project the strengths of Nigeria, showcase priorities of the government and uphold standards that will bring honour to the country.
This was contained in a statement issued by the Special Adviser to the president on Media Femi Adesina on 16th February 2021.
Speaking virtually from the State House at the Induction Orientation Exercise For Ambassadors-Designate, Consuls-General and Charge’ D’ Affaires Entitre held at the National Intelligence Agency auditorium, the President told the diplomats to always be mindful of the policy direction of the government, particularly the nine priorities it had listed.
He said that the nine priorities include building a thriving and sustainable economy; enhance social inclusion and reduce poverty; enlarge agricultural output for food security and export; attain energy sufficiency in power and petroleum products; expand transport and other infrastructural development; expand business opportunities, entrepreneurship and industrialization; expand access to quality education, affordable healthcare and productivity of Nigerians.
The President also noted that the priorities include building a system to fight corruption, improve governance and create social cohesion and improve security for all.
President Buhari said national and global resources had continued to shrink, a situation compounded by the COVID-19 pandemic, adding that the government will continue to innovate and cope with a new norm to contain the catastrophic consequences of the pandemic.